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Ellie Goldstein On Starring In A Gucci Campaign With Down Syndrome

Ellie Goldstein is an 18-year-old model who rose to fame after she became the first model with Down syndrome to be featured in a beauty campaign for Gucci.

She was hired by Gucci as a result of Instagram scouting projects and editorial centers.

She spoke to Vogue about her experience as a model with a disability and representation in the media.

WHAT DID ELLIE GOLDSTEIN SAY?

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Ellie Goldstein On Starring In A Gucci Campaign With Down Syndrome

GROWING UP WITH DOWN SYNDROME

“I haven’t had any bad experiences having Down’s syndrome. I think it’s because of my personality. The only challenge I have faced was maybe people signing to me and talking to my mum instead of me, until realising that I can communicate and that I am just like them, maybe just slower at learning some things.”

“[I overcame it] by being myself. Once people realise I can talk and have a great character, they are different towards me and they smile. There needs to be more positivity out there and people should give us a chance and not be so ignorant.”

BECOMING A MODEL

“I got into [it] when I was 15 years old. My mum found out about Zebedee Management and we decided to join them. The best part of modelling is showing myself off to everyone. I love to be in front of the camera and show how professional I am.”

REPRESENTATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

“Representation is very important to me — let the world see that anyone can model and act with a disability.”

Ellie Goldstein On Starring In A Gucci Campaign With Down Syndrome

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BEING FEATURED IN A GUCCI CAMPAIGN

“It feels so amazing and fabulous to be part of the Gucci Beauty campaign. I feel so proud of myself, especially to have been chosen for this. When I look at the images, I feel happy with myself, and all the likes and comments on social media across the world have been overwhelming.”

HOPING FOR A BETTER FUTURE

“My hope as a model is to become famous one day. My dream job [is to] be on the front cover of Vogue and work for other big brands. My hopes and dreams are to show the world who I am and what I can achieve.”

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